What Attracts Cockroaches to Your Home?

If you spot a cockroach in your home, you might be concerned about how it got inside. There are possibilities of more cockroaches hiding in places you cannot see. Cockroaches can be found anywhere in a town like Georgetown. Fortunately, spotting a cockroach does not always mean an infestation. It is also possible that it was the loner that snuck in on the way home.

If you have a pest infestation in your home, contact Georgetown pest control, which has the best and most effective ways to eliminate pests.

What attracts cockroaches to your home?

Cockroaches are attracted to food, warmth, and moisture. They can survive only for a week without water. This is why they are drawn to humid areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. Even a tiny leak can provide enough moisture in the air to help sustain them. 

When it comes to food, they can only survive up to a month without it–much longer than water. Cockroaches are cold-blooded, which helps them keep their body temperature low in order to save energy. This becomes handy when they struggle to find food.

Warmth is another attractant for cockroaches. Cockroaches thrive in a warm environment, which is why the sightings spike in the summer. The increase in temperature makes them feed and reproduce faster than they can in the winter months.

Tips for keeping out cockroaches

  1. Wash and put the dishes in appropriate places–do not leave them in the sink overnight.

  2. Clean the crumbs and spills as soon as possible.

  3. Your trash should have a tight lid and habitually taken out every night.

  4. Keep your food in tightly sealed containers.

  5. Fix the leaky pipes and any dripping faucets.

  6. Regularly vacuum the floor in places when food is prepared or eaten.

Places where cockroaches hide frequently

  1. Cracks in walls

Cockroaches can quickly get into the gaps and cracks in walls. They have slim, flat bodies which allow them to fit in extremely small places or crevices. It is recommended to close the gaps or cracks using silicone-based sealants from inside to outside so that roaches do not get in.

  1. Plumbing lines

Cockroaches are attracted to places having moisture, food, and warmth. Unfortunately, most of the plumbing lines have all of these.

Cockroaches can enter the home’s drainage system from sewer lines and travel all the way through the drains that connect to your home. They are commonly connected to kitchen drains, and shower drains. They can also enter through cracks in walls where plumber lines are located.

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